Protecting your lungs with radon testing

Radon testing
Radon testing(Kaylie Crowe)
Published: Jan. 12, 2021 at 6:01 PM CST
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency radon gas is the second leading cause of lung cancer in non-smokers. Radon is harmless when dispersed in outdoor air, but when trapped in buildings, can be harmful at elevated levels. January was declared as Radon Action Month to combat this.

The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services states that elevated radon levels can be found in one in every two homes in Nebraska. Environment Health Coordinator at Panhandle Public Health District, Melissa Haas, says Testing your home is the only way to know if you have elevated radon levels present.

“If you’re home you want to make sure it’s safe. And what we want to do is protect people. Particularly if you have lung issues like asthma, COPD, things like that you’re already susceptible to lung issues. So radon can really wreak havoc on your lung system if it’s in your home. So it’s just an easy thing to test for and just make sure your levels are low,” said Haas.

Radon test kits can be purchased through the American Lung Association. The quickest way to test for radon is with a short term radon testing kit by ordering them online from the association for $14.50 at:, or at home improvement stores for under $25.

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